Working in Japan


Lucy Crew started her career in Robert Walters as a team administrator in the UK. Since then she’s been promoted multiple times and made the move to Tokyo, to take on the role of senior talent acquisition manager for Japan and Korea. She talks about progression opportunities within Robert Walters and why now is a great time to join our Japan business.

How has your career progressed at Robert Walters?

“I started out as a team administrator in 2008 and have moved up within the business. In my time here, I’ve been promoted to consultant, senior consultant, team leader and then to manager – the business has always provided me with a clear pathway for career progression. In 2016 I was offered the opportunity to make the move to Tokyo, where I’m now talent acquisition manager for Japan and Korea.

How did the business support your move to Tokyo?

I always wanted to move internationally so I told my manager it was something I was open to if an interesting position came up. When the opportunity arose in Tokyo I was excited to make a move to our most profitable office in the world – I knew there would be huge growth potential and fantastic career prospects. After interviewing with the team and accepting the role it only took three months in total before I had landed in Tokyo. The business was really supportive, helping me with accommodation and giving me all the information I could possibly need, to make a move to Japan.

Describe the culture in our Tokyo office

It’s very multicultural. 40% of the staff in our Tokyo office are expats, in fact we have 25 different nationalities in the office in total. It’s a hardworking, fun and social environment and there’s a great sense of team spirit. There’s a strong focus on social responsibility, we get involved in many different things to contribute back to Japan. For example, for our Global Charity Day last year we had a number of fun team events such as rugby themed competitions and puppy cuddles, to raise money for local charities including Peace Boat, Japan Platform and Second Harvest. 

What are some of the perks?

We’re really lucky that Robert Walters sponsor the Japan national rugby team, as we get to attend lots of fun events. We recently had a team building session with three international rugby players and with the Rugby World Cup due to be held in Japan in 2019 there will be opportunities to attend upcoming friendly games. There’s lots of incentives if you reach your targets, aside from inter-office competitions there’s also the global annual incentive weekend - next year’s trip will be to Las Vegas.

Why work abroad?

Working abroad enables you to be more open minded - what works in one country might not work in another, whether that's market or culture driven. Japan is totally unique, it's a completely different way of doing business and a completely different way of recruiting. The experience of working abroad is invaluable. You learn something new every day and you’re pushed out of your comfort zone.

Why move to Japan?

Aside from the unique culture and wonderful food, it’s a very safe place to live. It’s also great for those who love to travel as it’s situated close to so many other great cities around Asia and the world. In the winter, you can go skiing and in the summer, it’s only an hour and a half to the beach on the Shinkansen (bullet train). There’s also a rich history - Kyoto is second only to Rome for the number of UNESCO world heritage sites.

What do you enjoy about working at Robert Walters?

For me, it’s 100% about the people. The sense of team work and camaraderie is wonderful and I feel really supported in my role. I’ve been able to grow with the company and never felt like I needed to look elsewhere. It’s somewhere where you’re rewarded for your hard work - since I started here I’ve worked across four different areas of the business and had the opportunity to travel to multiple offices around the world. I’ve also had the chance to move my career internationally with my new role in Japan. It’s a business where you have true autonomy and opportunities to be entrepreneurial.

I’ve been able to grow with the company and never felt like I needed to look elsewhere.

Hiring in Japan

In Japan, we cover permanent and contract hiring solutions across accountancy & finance, banking & financial services, legal, compliance & risk, HR, IT, engineering & operations, general management & consultancy and sales & marketing. We consider experienced sales people and recruiters, industry professionals, and graduates - ideally bilingual. Currently we are looking to hire consultants across every team in both our offices in Tokyo and Osaka. With huge growth plans in place, now is a great time to join our Japan business.”

Interested in a career with fantastic progression opportunities? Send your CV through to or call +81 (0) 3 4570 1500.

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